Bipolar disorder is a traumatic mental condition that not only affects the person suffering from it, but the people around them as well. Extreme highs and lows can affect their decisions and quality of life, and bipolar disorder can make daily life very difficult without treatment. If think you may have bipolar disorder, both researching the disorder as well as seeking professional help can be potentially life changing decisions, for the better. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, though treatment can greatly improve one's quality of life with the disorder.
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There are many symptoms for bipolar disorder. Some are subtle, and some are drastic. If diagnosed with this disorder, these may be symptoms you have had for most of your life.
There are few different phases of symptoms that manifest at differing times throughout the duration of the disorder. Depression and mania are the most common phases. After one phase in a bipolar episode, one may have the other, or return to a normal state. Some may even have both phases at the same time. These mood swings can often happen in a cyclical fashion, or be drawn out over days, weeks or months.
Also, some people may experience their disorder being triggered by the seasons, similarly to seasonal affective disorder.
Bipolar disorder can be caused by many various factors.
Bipolar disorder is usually diagnosed by a series of evaluations performed by a doctor, who will examine the patient's various symptoms and signs.
There is no cure for bipolar disorder. However, a variety of treatments are available that can greatly improve the quality of life for one living with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is treated with prescribed medication and frequent therapy sessions, and the goal of treatment is to reduce the frequency and intensity of episodes.
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